POTSDAM, Germany – The authorities in this city are giving parking transgressors an unexpected break by issuing tickets without fines.The tickets issued for carelessly parked cars include a fine of 0 euros and the cheerful message "Glueck gehabt!!!" (Lucky you!!!). The new approach is designed to admonish motorists without hitting them in the wallet. Regina Thielemann, a city of Potsdam spokeswoman, explained: "The tickets serve as a warning to parking offenders. They're issued when the driver isn't around so they're given written notice when they'd ordinarily get a verbal warning." BIG MONEYPotsdam, the state capital of Brandenburg just outside Berlin, earned around 1.2-million euros from parking fines in 2011 with about 120 000 parking notice issuedr. In Germany - a country known for its fondness for obeying rules and punishing offenders - Potsdam's penalty-free tickets have caught the attention of the national media. One recipient, Kathrin Bach, said her initial reaction to finding a note on her windscreen was one of annoyance - until she read the message. "I thought 'Oh no - another ticket'," she told Germany's Bild newspaper. "I've paid loads of parking fines before because there are so few parking spaces in the area.”. Bach's offence - parking less than five metres from a road junction - should have cost her 10 euros, according to the city's parking rules.